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My virtualized trading IT infrastructure

I've got a lot out of Big Mike's forum, so in the spirit of giving back, I thought I'd share how I set up my IT for trading. You might get something out of it. Videos are in HD on YouTube.

Part 1 - An Overview


Part 2 - Snapshotting, stability, performance and why should you virtualize?


Part 3 - Installing CentOS


Part 4 - Installing and configuring the firewall


Part 5 - Installing NTP and Webmin


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Wow I love that setup!!
Great job man; I guess i will replicate some of it for fun.

Do you happen to know, if you can also run a Max OS X virtual machine? Or does it require some particular apple stamped hardware?
Just for fun, but would love to have a windows 7 machine, an ubuntu or opensuse machine and a mac osx machine all virtual!

Thanks for making me discover TeamViewer.
That's the feature I think would allow me to access my home/trading computer from my fire-walled office network.


On the other hand, they changed the name of "ESXi" to "VMware vSphere Hypervisor" for marketing purposes.
Do you confirm?

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Do you happen to know, if you can also run a Max OS X virtual machine? Or does it require some particular apple stamped hardware?

Yes it is possible with ESXi 5.0 but I haven't done it, mainly because I don't have the latest Apple OS CD. You need ESXi 5.0 because that has virtualization support for EFI. If you do it, post it up for us to geek out at.

I did triple boot my MacBook once though with Ubuntu, Windows and MacOS X for no apparent reason.

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Yeah will try and see what I can do if I get some free time over the weekend.

My current flow at home from internet to end users is as follows:
1. Internet

2. ADSL
3. Server + printer
4. Wireless router

5. My clients all on wireless to tidy up things (wife's requirement lol she hates cables running all over the place)
5.a PlayStation 1x
5.b iPhone 2x
5.c iPad 1x
5.d Macbook 1x
5.e Lenovo Laptops 2x
5.f iMac 1x

But you gave me that genius idea of running vmware EXSi 5.0 on the server machine instead, and "virtualize" the DNS/DHCP/Firewall on one machine, the backups on another machine, all the while my trading packages sit on a third virtual machine :-)

Love that idea! I will work on that first, and then try and install a Mac OS VM.

Using TeamViewer, I believe I could also access each of my virtual machines from any of the clients listed above, whether they are connected to my wireless home network or from the street on a 3G or even from office behind a corporate firewall.

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Out of curiosity - what is the specification for the server you run vmware on (OS, hardware)?

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Might help: ESXi 5.0 needs a 64-bit x86 CPU and 2GB of RAM as a minimum :-)

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Out of curiosity - what is the specification for the server you run vmware on (OS, hardware)?

I put it together three years ago (almost to the day) and is still holding up well and is very modest by today's standards My main desktop machine has more power than the server. Probably has another year or two left in it before I retire it and get a new rig. And when I do get a new rig, all I have to do is copy over the VMs from my old rig and I'll be up and running on new hardware in no time.

MOBO 1x Asus M4A78-E, AMD 790GX, AM2+/AM3, CF X, Express Gate
CPU 1x AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition, 3.0GHz, AM2+, QuadCore
Network cards 2x Intel PWLA8391GTBLK Pro 1000GT Gigabit Adapter PC
Hard Drive array 4x Samsung HD103UJ, F1, 7200rpm, 32MB, 1TB, SATA-II
Hard drive controller 1x Adaptec RAID 5405, 4-Channel SAS/SATA, low profile
Flash 1x 4 GB USB Flashdrive to boot VMware from
PSU 1x Corsair CMPSU-550VX, 550W, ATX2.2/EPS, 80Plus
RAM 2x Mushkin ES2-8500 2x2GB, DDR2-1066, CL5-5-5-15@2.1V
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But you gave me that genius idea of running vmware EXSi 5.0 on the server machine instead, and "virtualize" the DNS/DHCP/Firewall on one machine, the backups on another machine, all the while my trading packages sit on a third virtual machine :-)

Love that idea! I will work on that first, and then try and install a Mac OS VM.

I'm glad you like it. FYI on the firewall, I have the following, I might do a video on this if anyone is interested in setting it up.

CentOS 6.3 x64
Shorewall 4.5.6.2
Squid 3.1
Dansguardian 2.10.1.1
dnsmasq 2.48
OpenSSH 5.3
Webmin 1.590

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I'm glad you like it. FYI on the firewall, I have the following, I might do a video on this if anyone is interested in setting it up.

CentOS 6.3 x64
Shorewall 4.5.6.2
Squid 3.1
Dansguardian 2.10.1.1
dnsmasq 2.48
OpenSSH 5.3
Webmin 1.590

I would love it if you put a quick video in which you explain/show the details of your configurations on the "Carbon" VM. It would save me some studies and researches on the net for setting up a firewall, a DNS, a DHCP, and a cash proxy on CentOS


Is there any particular thing to look for setting up the virtual switch as well?


I am sold on that virtualization thing and encapsulating the different environments.
Up till now, my server ran all the server applications plus my trading platform side by side and I wasn't really satisfied. Also, the virtual machines I used to create them on my iMAC...

I guess you brought to me the awaited solution I was looking for! can't thank you enough bro

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I would love it if you put a quick video in which you explain/show the details of your configurations on the "Carbon" VM. It would save me some studies and researches on the net for setting up a firewall, a DNS, a DHCP, and a cash proxy on CentOS


Is there any particular thing to look for setting up the virtual switch as well?


I am sold on that virtualization thing and encapsulating the different environments.
Up till now, my server ran all the server applications plus my trading platform side by side and I wasn't really satisfied. Also, the virtual machines I used to create them on my iMAC...

I guess you brought to me the awaited solution I was looking for! can't thank you enough bro

OK Fadi, I will update the first post with another video on how to set it up today or tomorrow.

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